Welcome to March! This time last year members of the IPHS executive were in Florida visiting historical society members. This March, some of those members have moved back to Vermont, welcome home! As the top left photograph shows, it's still very cold in Island Pond (10F). The last day of February delivered a whopping 5 inches of snow seen here at the rear of Sunrise Manor.
Globally, other historic changes have taken place, the threat of Covid has died down only to be replaced by concerns about the future of Ukraine. Locally, the historic Essex House Tavern on Cross Street in Island Pond is up for sale, while the 1860's house on Mountain Street once owned by Col. Mansur has now been purchased by new owners.
Has anything stayed the same? Yes, the Island Pond Historical Society! The Winter 2021 edition of the Newsletter went out as usual - and the Spring 2022 edition is in production. Featured stories will include photographs of the museum's new cupola, additional tributes to the late Pat Carbonneau (seen above in center photo with Alan Wing), donated relics from members, and articles on reporting Elder Abuse as well as 'how to' research your family tree. We'll also be welcoming the society's newest members - the Tremblay family, Mr. & Mrs. Legere, and the Tompsons.
The historical society's museum on Cross Street will return to its seasonal opening hours later this year. Plenty of exciting new displays are planned. Over the winter several donations came in, these include never before seen photographs of Dr. Antonio Elie, an unearthed vintage car plate #70328 as seen above, and (seen here on the right) a box of medical prescriptions hidden inside a puzzle box which was discovered in a New Hampshire antique store!
IPHS PRESIDENT CLIFF BIRON
We were pleased to hear from Todd Biron who sent in a vintage photo of railway man Albert E. Biron (seen on the left with his daughter Zilpha).
Albert was born in nearby Norton, he was the uncle of the late Cliff Biron, a president of this Historical Society. Isn't this a great photograph! Thank you Todd.
GET IN TOUCH IF YOU HAVE PHOTOGRAPHS OR ARTIFACTS RELATED TO ISLAND POND. DONATE THEM TO THE ISLAND POND HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM. LIFELONG MEMBERSHIP IS $25. CONTACT PO BOX 408. ISLAND POND. VT 05846.